FBI Data Shows Number Of Mass Shootings 10-TIMES LOWER Than Media Reports

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Washington, DC – -(AmmoLand.com)- According to a recently released report from the FBI, there were far fewer mass shootings over the past four years than were reported by the Gun Violence Archive, a private nonprofit that provides the data cited most often by the mainstream media.

The FBI found that while active shootings are increasing, they are not nearly the threat the Gun Violence Archive and the media would have you believe.

Here’s a breakdown of the FBI’s data for “active” shootings over the past five years:

  • 2016: 20
  • 2017: 31
  • 2018: 30
  • 2019: 30
  • 2020: 40

Here’s the number of “mass” shootings for the same timeframe from the Gun Violence Archive:

  • 2016: 382
  • 2017: 346
  • 2018: 337
  • 2019: 417
  • 2020: No data posted

Wait What? Are you Kidding Me?

The difference lies in the definitions.

According to their new report titled: “Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2020,” the FBI defines active shootings as:

  • Shootings in public places
  • Shootings occurring at more than one location
  • Shootings where the shooter’s actions were not the result of another criminal act
  • Shootings resulting in a mass killing
  • Shootings indicating apparent spontaneity by the shooter
  • Shootings where the shooter appeared to methodically search for potential victims
  • Shootings that appeared focused on injury to people, not buildings or objects

Shootings were excluded from the FBI’s list if they were the result of:

  •  Self-defense
  • Gang violence
  • Drug violence
  • Contained residential or domestic disputes
  • Controlled barricade/hostage situations
  • Crossfire as a byproduct of another ongoing criminal act
  • An action that appeared not to have put other people in peril

By comparison, the Gun Violence Archive, (www.gunviolencearchive.org)or GVA, excludes nothing, even if the shooting is gang or drug-related – the two main causes of most violence in the country today.

According to their website, the “GVA uses a purely statistical threshold to define mass shooting based ONLY on the numeric value of 4 or more shot or killed, not including the shooter.”

“GVA does not parse the definition to remove any subcategory of shooting. To that end, we don’t exclude, set apart, caveat, or differentiate victims based upon the circumstances in which they were shot.

GVA believes that equal importance is given to the counting of those injured as well as killed in a mass shooting incident,” their website states.

While this practice may be fine for GVA’s statistical purposes, their definition is almost never cited or explained in news accounts of mass shootings, and the public is intentionally deceived.

Of the active shootings that occurred last year, the FBI found that “none of the total 40 incidents occurred in educational environments, health care facilities, or houses of worship.”

Twenty-four of the shooters were arrested. Six were killed. Seven committed suicide and five remain at large.

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About Lee Williams

Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” is the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project. Until recently, he was also an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.

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I cannot say it enough: The best and handiest source for statistics on crime in America is the yearly published, “World Almanac and Book of Facts”. In it you will find all the crime statistics as compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), U.S. Dept. if Justice and The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Just in the event you must argue a point, slam the book on the table for effect.


I think you crashed there.


Oh My God. You got the rinse and repeat then recycle for more of the same copy and paste treatment.

Lord Shart speaks, who will listen.

OreGONE, one word says it all.

Oh. I am traveling across the states and see alot of signs and banners that say FUCK BIDEN. I am proud of you America.


The fake news lying being verified by the FBI? Who can you believe any more? Definitely not the fake news, but the FBI is just as bad or worse when it comes to lying, misrepresenting facts.


“… fake news lying” is all that needs to be said.



“Of the active shootings that occurred last year, the FBI found that “none of the total 40 incidents occurred in educational environments, health care facilities, or houses of worship.”

Twenty-four of the shooters were arrested. Six were killed. Seven committed suicide and five remain at large.”

Now I’m no mathmagician or nothing but I’m pretty sure those don’t get the same number. Were there 40 incidents involving 42 shooters or did somebody do a typo somewhere?

Ryben Flynn

Look this up. I would put the actual link but then the dreaded “Awaiting to be approved” might happen.
US Mass Shootings, 1982-2018: Data From Mother Jones’ Investigation – Mother Jones.
They use the FBI data and include 3 or more killed rather than 4 not including the shooter.

Last edited 1 year ago by Ryben Flynn

Wow, fake news is providing inflated numbers. That’s a new one. Too bad we can’t believe our media that try’s to influence us at every turn on a daily basis. I might believe some of what they say but very little anymore because the media seems to be nothing more than an extension of the communist/.socialist/demonkkkratic party..


The legacy or main stream media is nothing but the propaganda arm of the Left, the socialists and globalists.

Less than 20% of the public trusts what the media reports, as we all know they are full of excrement.

APG member

As you point out the “media” you refer to are hardly mainstream! Modern media is controlled by corporations which get their license to exist from government. “Corporate Media” would be an accurate description.


Are we supposed to argue that mass shootings are ok as long as they’re not in a school, church, or health care facility? Does anyone think that flies? All you need is one big massacre a year like Parkland or El Paso for the media to fan gun control hysteria. One of the more sickening things is that our genius “2A” leaders facilitate these massacres by promoting “gun free” zones. The 2A community is ecstatic over “Constitutional Carry” in states like Texas that are STILL riddled with an unpredictable patchwork quilt of “gun free” zones that killed so many in… Read more »


No one is suggesting mass shootings are ok, no matter the location or method of defining “mass shooting”. The media gaslights the public and attempts to create fear.
They also immortalize the shooters, thus encouraging more of the same.

No amount of illegal gun control will ever stop a single shooting. Simply holding murderers and attempted murderers accountable will, however.


You missed the point. Our own side keeps whining that the media is unfair, as if that’s news, getting into the weeds of “there aren’t that many massacres”, while continuing to enable mass killers with a deadly, unpredictable patchwork quilt of “gun free” zones, and calling that “constitutional carry”.

Last edited 1 year ago by Russn8r

No kidding, Sherlock.